Scottish Tours

Scotland Tours from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and London

Official Sightseeing Tours of Scotland since 1907

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  • Inverness
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Highland Panorama
See, Visit & Explore: Rannoch Moor, Glen Coe, Fort William, The Great Glen, Loch Ness, Inverness, Glen Shiel, Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye, Cuillin Hills, Portree, Glen Carron, Seal spotting, Helmsdale, Duncansby Head, John OGroats, Cawdor Castle, Cairngorm National Park, Glenlivet Malt Whisky Distillery, Royal Deeside, Crathie Kirk, The Lecht, Beauly, Cromarty, Dolphin spotting, Spey Valley and Scenic Perthshire

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5 day tour from £505

Tuesdays and Wednesdays
10 May to 21 September, 2016

Bed & Breakfast

Twin/Double/Family room - from 505 per person
Children - from 380 per child
Single Room - from 575 per person


Twin/Double/Family room from 590 per person
Children from 445 per child
Single room from 785 per person

Accommodation information


Child reduction applies to children aged 3 to 15 inclusive on the basis that they stay in a room with 2 adults.

We regret that children under the age of 3 are not carried on this tour.

Seasonal Price Range
505 - 785

Product code: ST 02089

Tour Summary

The Highlands are seen at their very best on this 5 day tour based in the Capital of the Highlands, Inverness. Our routes take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer.

Day 1: From Edinburgh travel to Rannoch Moor and Glen Coe. Travel through the Great Glen then stop at Loch Ness to visit Urquhart Castle and take a cruise on the loch. Arrive in Inverness for a 3 night stay.

Day 2: Today visit Eilean Donan Castle and the Isle of Skye. Spend time in colourful Portree.

Day 3: Head for the Far North. Visit Duncansby Head, stop at John OGroats for a selfie and discover prehistoric sites.

Day 4: Visit Historic Cawdor Castle then tour along the Whisky Trail, stopping to visit Glenlivet Malt Whisky Distillery. Explore Royal Deeside before returning to Inverness through the Grampian Mountains.

Day 5: Go dolphin-spotting then explore historic Cromarty and historic Beauly. Return to Edinburgh by travelling through the Cairngorm National Park and Highland Perthshire.

Tour features:

  • Visit Isle of Skye, Royal Deeside and Glenlivet Malt Whisky Distillery* (*admission fees apply)
  • Overnight accommodation: Inverness (4)
  • Depart from and return to Edinburgh
  • Tour duration: 5 days/4 nights
  • EVoucher: No need to print your voucher - just show it on your smartphone and go!
  • Freestyle Mini Tour

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Day One
Edinburgh to Inverness (4 nights)
From Edinburgh we will make our way to Rannoch Moor, a wilderness that extends over 50 sq miles. Next we'll enter brooding Glen Coe. There is a stop in the heart of the Glen so we can enjoy the spectacular surroundings for ourselves. Our crossing of the Ballachulish Bridge will bring us to Fort William which sits in the shadow of Ben Nevis. The majestic beauty of the Great Glen is next Loch Lochy, Loch Oich and finally Loch Ness will provide wonderful views at every turn. We'll drive the entire length of Loch Ness stopping so you can visit Urquhart Castle and take a monster spotting cruise *. Our tour is based in Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, for the next four nights.
Overnight: Inverness
Day Two
The Isle of Skye
After breakfast we travel a short distance along the banks of Loch Ness to Invermoriston where there is a short stop to view the romantic Telford bridge. Our journey westwards takes us through Glen Shiel, where the Five Sisters of Kintail will come into view these soaring peaks are each over 3,000 feet (914 m) high! To Loch Duich and fairytale Eilean Donan Castle*set on its little island. There is time to explore this iconic castle before we travel "over the sea to Skye!
On our arrival on the Magical Isle well have a break for lunch. Later, as we follow the picturesque coastal route, there is a wonderful vista over to the Isle of Scalpay to enjoy. There are grand views of the mighty Cuillin Hills too as we make our way to Portree, the islands main town. Well make a stop here so you can discover the town on your own. The colourful houses that surround the harbour make a wonderful backdrop for an "I was there selfie!
The return journey to Inverness is by way of picturesque Glen Carron and Achnasheen from where it is a short drive to Inverness.
Overnight: Inverness
Day Three
Caithness and John O'Groats
We leave Inverness and head across the Black Isle to the Cromarty Firth where, depending on tide conditions, we may see our first seals. We will make a stop in the town of Golspie. High above the town is an astonishing statue, 27m (90') high. This is of the First Duke of Sutherland, whose agents were involved in the most notorious of the Clearances in the Highlands during the 19th century.


We'll hear more about this sad episode in the history of Scotland as we head North. There will be a stop in John O' Groats for that "I was there photograph before making our way to stunning Duncansby Head where, after a stroll along the cliff-top path, there are views of the dramatic sea stacks and seascapes to enjoy. Duncansby is rich in birdlife including Guillemot, Kittiwakes and, the most famous residents, Puffins (until late July).

After our visit to Duncansby we turn southwards for home. Our journey will take us through Wick and there will be a comfort stop along the way before we make journey's end in Inverness.

Overnight: Inverness
Day Four
Cairngorm National Park and Royal Deeside
From Inverness we make the short journey to fairy-tale Cawdor Castle*, a family home for over 600 years. Cawdor was made famous by William Shakespeare in his "Scottish Play (Macbeth) and dates from the 14th Century.
Next we join the famous Whisky Trail and no visit to this part of Scotland would be complete without a visit to a whisky distillery*. After hearing how "the water of life is produced and a guided tour of the whisky stills we can sample a "wee dram in the tasting room.
Prince Albert bought the Balmoral Estate in 1852 and ever since this part of Scotland has been known as Royal Deeside. Well visit the pleasant little town of Ballater, once famous for its health-giving waters and now bristling with "By Royal Appointment crests above the shops that overlook the town square. Well make a stop at little Crathie Kirk, where the Royal Family worship when staying at nearby Balmoral Castle.
Our return to Inverness will take us along the Lecht road that crosses the spectacular Grampian Mountains. Theres a stop in Tomintoul, an attractive 18th century planned village. After time to chill its time to board our minicoach for the last part of our journey through picturesque Speyside and back to Inverness.
Overnight: Inverness
Day Five
Inverness to Edinburgh
After breakfast we make the short drive to the Black Isle where we will enjoy scenic views over the Cromarty Firth as we travel to the little fishing village of Cromarty. Next we stop at Chanonry Point, a popular vantage point to spot the community of dolphins that live in the Moray Firth.Our next visit is to Beauly. The monks who built a priory here in the 13th Century called it Beau Lieu or beautiful place. You'll soon discover why! There is a stop in Drumnadrochit, where you can relax in the village before joining your motorcoach for the tour south.
Our route to Edinburgh will take us into the spectacular Cairngorm National Park then through the dramatic scenery of the Drumochter Pass and onwards to Glen Garry. Look out for imposing Blair Castle, home to the Dukes of Atholl before we continue our journey through the rolling Perthshire countryside, known as "Big Tree Country". From Perth its homeward bound through the ancient Kingdom of Fife to journey's end in Edinburgh.
The order in which excursions are operated may vary.
* Admission Fees
Urquhart Castle/Loch Ness Cruise ticket - £18.50 Adult £13.00 Child
Eilean Donan Castle - £7.00 Adult £3.50 Child
Cawdor Castle - £10.70 Adult £6.70 Child
Glen Ord Malt whisky distillery - £6.00 Adult 
Loch Ness Exhibition Centre - £7.45 Adult £4.95 Child
This information is given for guidance only and prices are subject to change without notice.


Frequently Asked Questions

What will I experience on this Freestyle Mini Tour?
These tours are ideal if you are an independent spirit. Instead of spending your entire tour with the same group youll join a different party of fellow passengers each day to explore different aspects of the Highlands.
The Freestyle touring concept is particularly popular in Canada, New Zealand and Australia as it offers the ideal blend of structured sightseeing and relaxing free time.  All Freestyle Mini Tours are based in Inverness, which is an excellent base offering good quality accommodation, great shopping plus a wide choice of dining opportunities and evening diversions.
On the journeys between Edinburgh and Inverness youll travel in a large motorcoach (seating around 50 passengers) allowing you to relax and enjoy the journey in comfort. Once you are based in Inverness you will travel on an excursion each day which will be led by a local driver/guide in an air-conditioned mini or midicoach (seating between 16 and 29 passengers). An entertaining and informative commentary will be provided throughout.
On your arrival in Inverness youll be taken directly to your accommodation. Each morning youll be picked up from your lodgings by the tour coach. After a day of discovery youll be dropped in Inverness City Centre where you can get something to eat before returning to your accommodation. If you are a free spirit that likes to get behind the tourist veneer then a Freestyle mini-tour is just for you.
What kind of accommodation do you use?
We offer lodgings that have been specially selected to enhance your touring experience. You can choose between Guesthouse/B&B or Hotel accommodation:  
Guesthouse and B&B. The guesthouses and B&Bs are family run and offer comfortable accommodation in bedrooms that have en-suite bathrooms, tv, tea/coffee making facilities and other facilities. Bedding, towels and basic toiletries are provided. Some guesthouses and B&Bs offer enhanced facilities such as a residents lounge where you can relax with other guests. Our guesthouses are a 10/15 minute walk from Inverness City Centre
Hotel. We select comfortable hotels that are city centre located. They are a minimum of 3 stars with bedrooms featuring en-suite bathrooms, television, tea and coffee making facilities and other amenities. All have restaurants offering a selection of Scottish and international dishes as well as comfortable bars where you can relax and un-wind.
What type of room should I choose?
Selecting the right sleeping arrangements can be a little bit confusing so here is a description of what you can expect whether you choose guesthouse/B&B or hotel accommodation:
Single room - this is a room for one person sleeping in a single bed. Twin room - this is a room for two people sleeping in two separate bedsDouble room - this is a room for two people sharing one large bed  Family room - this is a room for three people sleeping in one large bed (2 people) and one single bed (1 person).You should note that a family room (particularly when using hotel accommodation) can be a standard double room with either a sofa bed or a rollaway bed.
All our accommodation, whether you choose Guest House/B&B or Hotel, features en-suite facilities (the toilet and shower are located in your bedroom for your exclusive use.   
How much luggage can I bring?
There are no restrictions on the amount of luggage that you can bring on this tour.  What meals are included?A full Scottish breakfast is included from day 2 onwards. This hearty meal consists of fruit juice; a choice of cereal; bakery basket; cooked items such as eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and, maybe, a taste of haggis! plus tea or coffee.
Vegetarian and lighter Continental options are always available. Lunch and dinner are not included in the price. During the touring day there will be a stop where you can enjoy lunch in a local pub or restaurant.
What features will the coach have?
All the coaches used on a Freestyle Mini Tour are equipped with air-conditioning, comfortable reclining seats, large picture windows and seat belts.
Can I reserve specific seats on the coach?
Seating on this tour is on a first come, first served basis and cannot be pre-booked. If you are travelling as part of a group please make sure that all members of the party arrive at the departure point together.
How do I pay for the admission fees?
Your driver/guide will advise you of the arrangements for each attraction. Its not possible to pre-pay the admission fees and, generally, credit/debit cards are not accepted so its a good idea to have sufficient cash to cover these charges.

What's Included

  • 4 nights accommodation in rooms with private bath/shower
  • Full Scottish breakfast (days 2 - 5)
  • Live commentary in English.
  • Excursions as detailed in itinerary
  • Transportation by luxury touring coach or midicoach
  • Services of an experienced guide and/or driver/guide
  • Service charges and taxes

Not Included
  • Admission charges unless otherwise stated in the itinerary
  • Meals, snacks or items of a personal nature
  • Gratuity to your tour host

Departure information

Check In: 07:45 hrs
Departs: 08:00 hrs
from 87 High Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 1SG
Returns: 20:30 hrs
The name of the local tour operator and full departure information will appear on your tour voucher/confirmation.

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